To celebrate Adopt A Cat Month, Guthrie Pet Hospital is offering a free comprehensive examination to any cat adopted during the month of June. This time a year is a great time of year to adopt a momma cat or a bunch of kittens.
Once you adopt a cat, it is important to make sure it doesn’t have any contagious diseases or parasites that can spread to you or your pets. Before taking your cat home, take it to your local veterinarian for a full examination, vaccines and parasite check.
Adopt a cat diseases and parasites checklist:
- Feline Leukemia & Feline Immunodeficiency Virus: Both viruses can be transmitted from mom to kittens in the placenta or from cat to cat from bites, grooming, and sharing of bowls and litter boxes. Both viruses are 100% fatal.
- Upper respiratory diseases: There are a multitude of upper respiratory viruses that are highly contagious to other cats. Upper respiratory diseases are commonly seen in shelter cats.
- Ringworm: Ringworm is a fungal infection of the skin that is contagious to all animals and humans. Fungal infections can take a long time to resolve.
- Intestinal parasites: All kittens have intestinal parasites which they get from their mother. It’s important to deworm kittens twice about one month apart with a broad spectrum intestinal parasite medication. Coffin also recommends deworming all outside cats once a year.
- Fleas & ticks: Just one flea or tick on your newly adopted cat can cause a severe infestation in your home. Have your veterinarian apply a topical flea and tick medication in the office.
During your veterinary visit, ask your vet about what vaccines are appropriate for your cat. Dr. Coffin also recommends microchipping to help return your pet home if it accidentally escapes. Your veterinarian can also help you with any nutritional and behavioral need you might have. Most importantly, don’t forget to spay and neuter your new cat or kitten to prevent unwanted litters.
When you adopt a cat, Dr. Coffin recommends confining your new cat to a small room. Some of the disease listed above may not present themselves for 7-10 days after an examination. Confinement ensures that your current pets are not exposed to anything contagious. Confinement also helps to slowly introduce them, so that no one gets hurt and the transition goes smoothly.
Adopt a cat and receive a free comprehensive exam at Guthrie Pet Hospital during the month of June. Contact us today for your appointment.